The Legend Of Zelda: Comic Book Series
The Legend of Zelda comic book series was a publication published by Valiant Comics in 1990. Valiant Comics licensed various Nintendo characters and properties for use in comic books. Five series of comics were produced: Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Captain N: The Game Master, Game Boy, and the compilation series Nintendo Comics System that consisted of reprints of stories from the other comics.
The series was a licensed adaptation of the Nintendo video game franchise The Legend of Zelda. The comic was based on the two Zelda games that were released at the time on the Nintendo Entertainment System as well as the animated series that aired alongside The Super Mario Bros. Super Show.
The comic followed the same basic concept as The Legend of Zelda animated series and the characters in the comic even resembled the characters in the animated television series. Link and Zelda have to protect the Triforce of Wisdom from Ganon, the Prince of Darkness. The comics take place following the events of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and have many details in common with the cartoon series but with a more mature tone.
The first issue in the series released in May 1990 and ran through September 1990. The Valiant Comics were also re-released in 1991 by Voyager Communications, Valiant’s parent company, with very minor changes to the cover art, storyline and context. The comics were sold in comic book stores and department stores such as K-Mart for a retail price of $1.95 per issue. Each issue contained two 10-page stories, along with two bonus shorts.
|First Run||May 1990 – September 1990|
|Second Run||February 1991 – June 1991|
|Number of Issues||5|